Levenmouth Community Energy Project takes delivery of new hydrogen storage system and refuelling units
A state-of-the-art hydrogen-based energy storage system and two new mobile hydrogen refuelling units have been installed at Levenmouth Community Energy Project in Methil.
The move represents the dawn of a new energy era, according to the Edinburgh-based firm – Logan Energy – which designed, supplied and installed them.
It says the renewables industry is becoming increasingly important to energy supply and that Scotland has recently produced more electricity from renewables in a single day than it actually used. But it claims that energy storage is required to match production with demand and that hydrogen is one of the key solutions to this dilemma.
Logan Energy says it believes the Levenmouth Community Energy Project is a turning point in positively proving the case for hydrogen as a key clean energy solution.
It claims hydrogen has been demonstrated at Levenmouth to be a significant resource for both electricity and heat requirements, as well as a sustainable zero emission transport fuel, which can drive the energy sector through the global clean energy revolution.
CEO Bill Ireland said: “At the Levenmouth Community Energy Project we have delivered what many visionaries have been talking about for some time and shown that it can be integrated into the existing energy systems for stationary power and transport needs.
“The drive for increasing our reliance upon renewable technologies is not new but the economic need to do so, and means to time shift energy, has never been more pertinent. The work we have completed at Levenmouth is a true first and highlights the power of hydrogen as a standalone multisector energy resource that also supports existing energy networks.
“This is a milestone in the energy sector and marks the practical delivery of a new hydrogen based energy era.”
The energy balancing system designed and installed by Logan Energy comprises a 250kWe Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) Electrolyser, a gas storage arrangement and a 100kWe PEM fuel cell. Coupled with a smart control system, the energy balancing is achieved by generating and storing hydrogen when there is excess renewable energy available. The hydrogen is then used to power the fuel cell to provide power to the private wire network at times when there is insufficient renewable energy being generated.
The mobile refuelling units are self-contained modules, based upon ISO shipping container dimensions, so they can be readily transported and easily relocated from site to site. These are used to refuel Europe’s largest fleet of hydrogen hybrid vehicles which includes vans and refuse lorries.
Hydrogen is stored at the site and reconverted to electricity at times when on-site wind and solar generation is low, helping to offset the intermittency of renewable energy as well as being compressed and stored for 350bar refuelling of vehicles.
Logan Energy will maintain the newly-installed systems for the next five years during which information will be gathered and assessments made on the performance of the different technologies implemented.
Ireland added: “Seeing just a snapshot of the potential of hydrogen becoming a reality here in the UK is a tremendous step forward.
“As world leaders in the deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in commercial applications, we are pleased to have played a pivotal role in this project which is so important to the integration of the renewables industry in our energy strategy.
“The UK, and Scotland in particular, has a wealth of expertise in the energy sector. There is a massive potential to harness the skills and the innovative mindset that drove the growth of the traditional energy sector and bring that to the hydrogen and wider renewables sectors.”
With Scottish Government support, Logan Energy says it has helped the traditional service industry develop its existing skill sets to support this rapidly-growing sector and, on the back of new global projects, is set to build on this knowledge base.
Logan Energy is a hydrogen and fuel cell specialist founded in 2005 which has installed more than 1.1MWe of fuel cell-based clean energy technology in the UK.
Levenmouth Community Energy Project comprises Bright Green Hydrogen Ltd along with Fife Council, Toshiba, Leven Valley Development Trust, Fife College, BOC (for hydrogen transport), Green Business Fife, Community Energy Scotland, and the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA).